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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 30, 2011 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

As context, my first show was 7/8/90.

That said, I don't think there was any magic formula for sensing whether a show was going to soar or not. Much of the first set at that 7/8/90, for example, was kind of ordinary, but Let It Grow was really fantastic. If I had to make a general rule about this, then I'd say look to the last couple songs of the first set -- the big first set jams: Bird Song, Let it Grow, whatever (depending on the era) -- to get a sense of how the second set's going to be.